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FRoM tHe eDItoR

There are few things sadder than drab white walls, I reckon, and

yet New Zealanders have long surrounded ourselves with them. So

when a painter started splashing some plucky pigment around Star

Media’s open plan office, I paid close attention to reactions. As a

cosy mustard yellow spread over the entire far wall, the brightening

of mood was palpable. People commented on how happy the colour

made them feel, how much warmer the atmosphere was, how the

sunny tone somehow lightened the load of constant deadlines.

It was great to see more confidence using colour, pattern and

texture in the newly completed private homes we feature in this

magazine too. Where not so long ago we might have felt neutral

shades of brown or grey were somewhat audacious, today’s newly

built homes pop with vibrant blues ( Jay and Rebekah’s place, page

6) and copper hues (Ryan and Jen’s, page 30). Matt and Celia (page

18) champion a monochromatic colour scheme inside and out,

while Sridhar and Susanna (page 63) chose dramatic black iron

contrasting with smooth golden cedar to colour their new world.

It was also evident that more homeowners and building industry

professionals are getting behind the movement to build better

homes for the Christchurch climate. Warmer, healthier and cheaper

to run is the brief from owners seeking builders with the know-how

to construct their home from smarter building materials and designs

that keep the cold out and the dust and electricity bills down.

I really hope this magazine, and its associated Home & Living

Show ( June 28-30), leave you brimming with the knowledge and

inspiration to smarten up your home too.

Gaynor

Home & Living magazine will be given to all those

who visit the star Media Home & Living show

(June 28-30, Horncastle Arena) and delivered to

christchurch Po Box and selected businesses

around the city. Packed with high-quality editorial

showcasing the latest home innovations – inside and

out – this publication delivers its messages with the

same flair desired by home owners for their havens.

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contents

13 WALLPAPER Get wise to its

transformative power

17 LIGHTING Luxe luminaires to

brighten your interiors

25 INTERIORS trends that won’t date

37 BATHROOMS High tech moves in to

the smallest room in the house

48 KITCHENS Stylish solutions for

challenging layouts

56 HEATING 7 secrets to warmth that

won’t cost the earth

68 LANDSCAPING We love our outdoor

living, yet often forget to plan for it

73 FOOD Allyson Gofton’s Feijoa &

coconut cake recipe

77 MOTORING Keep up with the

electric Vehicle conversation

63

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6 Renovate? Move? The answer for

the McLeods was to build new in

Prestons.

18 Needing room for their growing

family, the Clarks upsize in Rolleston.

30 Energy efficient and healthy:

paramount concerns for the Bensley

family’s Richmond build.

42 Before and after: a heritage

weatherboard in cashmere gets a

pre- and post-earthquake makeover.

63 High on the hill and high

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Many of us have weighed up

whether it’s better to renovate

or to move. A third option – to

build – proved an unexpected

solution for this young family.


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Left: with indooroutdoor

flow top of

mind, the McLeods

flipped the proposed

lounge and kitchen

floorplan to move the

kitchen to the heart

of the home where it

opens directly to the

6m wide deck via fully

retractable doors.

Below: Having chosen

their design, the

McLeods then worked

with their project

manager to find the

ideal north-facing

section and found one

adjacent to a walkway.

Contemplating how much to sink into

planned renovations, Jay and Rebekah

McLeod asked a realtor to value the

St Albans home they’d bought after the

earthquakes with the intention of doing up.

“She said ‘would you give me a day? I just want to show you what

you could get for the amount of money you’re willing to put in to

this house',” recalls Rebekah.

At the same time, a builder friend was cautioning that, even after

renovating, parts of their 1970s home would still be the boxy, cold

old house they weren’t happy with.

So they took the agent’s advice to view several houses in Waimari,

a favoured location for Jay’s love of surfing, and ended up putting an

offer on one. With reservations the "beige" 10-year-old house would

still need quite a bit of work, they weren’t too disappointed when it

fell through. It was then the agent asked if they had ever thought of

nearby Prestons to achieve the beach proximity they desired.


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“We had a bit of an aversion to sub divisions.

In our heads, it seemed too much like suburbia.

But we went to Prestons and hung out there for

a day with the kids and we were like, actually,

this would be really cool for the children,” says

Rebekah.

“Of the sub divisions we’d seen, it was probably

the best one,” adds Jay, explaining they were attracted

by established amenities like cafes, playgrounds for

Lucas, now 8, and Millie, 4, and the opportunity to

build new in second phase Prestons Park.

Their proactive agent shortlisted building

companies that reflected the couples’ style. “We

really liked Benchmark’s designs and before we

knew it we were building,” says Rebekah. Another

big plus was their trusted builder friend was

contracted for the build.

They first selected a U-shaped design that

delivered the light, openness and storage they were

looking for, with main lounge, kitchen and master

bedroom opening to a spacious central deck. They

changed the open plan living to centrally position the

kitchen and pantry, removed a hallway on the south

side to increase the spare bedroom space, and opted

for ducted heating, having read about its benefits and

loving the idea of no heat pumps on walls.

“Ultimately, it was the indoor-outdoor flow that

really attracted us,” says Jay.

Then they worked with the project manager

to secure a north-facing section to best suit the

design. It turned out to be one adjacent to a

walkway linking two streets, which was “a

bit of a thinker” admits Rebekah, who

first sought reassurance from others

in similar locations that it wouldn’t

feel too open to the neighbours.

A griselinia hedge is quickly

screening the low perimeter fence

and the McLeods look to the

southside of the homes across the

walkway so privacy hasn’t proved

an issue.

Colour feature walls characterise each bedroom. Deep blue

Dulux Ohaupo complements copper bedside lamps and

a linen bedhead in the master. The kids chose their own

colours: Dulux Havelock Half lilac tones in Millie's bedroom

and Dulux Oxford in Lucas' room.

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Rebekah admits to being “parquetry

obsessed” but with young children and

budget constraints for now they’ve opted for

practical, and scooter friendly, vinyl planking.

With clear ideas on the style she wanted

Rebekah found it easy to select bathroom and

splashback tiles, vinyl flooring and carpets with

interiors consultants McKenzie & Willis, to

complement the matt black materials of the

exterior bricks and cladding. The inspiration for

their kitchen was actually the one that featured

on the cover of last year’s Home & Living

Show magazine, so the couple turned to Trends

Kitchens for their own design, upspec’ing “quite

significantly”. Long and sleek, the kitchen

features matt black cabinetry in AGT Black Soft

Touch with metal handles, a white subway tile

splashback, generous Tristone island bench with

waterfall ends, and a gas cooktop.

The young couple enjoyed the learning

curve of the building experience and found

Benchmark’s progress tracking app “awesome”.

Particularly fun was buying new furniture

specially to suit their contemporary home,

bringing virtually nothing from their previous

homes. “Building was definitely the best move

for us,” says Rebekah.

“Since we’ve been here the kids have made

friends around the block so there’s always kids

over and they’re always over at their houses and

it just kind of feels like that 1980’s childhood

that we enjoyed.”

JAY & REBEKAH'S TIPS

• Try to put in any changes before signing

the contract.

• Ducted heating has been well worth the

additional cost.

• Learn how much the kitchen you want costs

and be prepared to go beyond the standard

contract allowance.

• If you go for a black kitchen, upgrade to one of

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• Consider the intensity of the Christchurch sun

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Left: The couple love the mid-century

aesthetic; dining table and chairs from

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from Lighting Plus.

Right: the ensuite features concrete-like

Manhattan Grey floor and wall tiles in

contrasting shapes and the shower wall

is tiled in Venus Black 300mm x 600mm.

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Favourite feature:

Indoor/outdoor flow from kitchen to deck.

Land size:

637sqm

Home size:

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Hardest decision:

Configuration of kitchen/dining area.

Consent/build time:

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grow

room to

Words Karen Pasco

Photos Charlie rose Creative


A catalyst for creating this new

home in rolleston was to provide

more space for the whole family so

that time could be enjoyed by all –

both indoors and out.

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Most of us have the realisation

that as your children grow, there is

a sudden need for everyone to have

a little bit more space.

the outdoor area, home to bike riding,

entertaining and Nerf battles, has been designed

so that a spa pool can be installed at a later date.

The writing was on the wall for Matt and Celia Clark

as they and their children Paige, 9, and Olly, 6, were

growing out of their previous Rolleston home

“We needed to upsize. The last place was a stepping

stone on the property ladder and we didn’t have much

of a backyard at all….it was pretty tiny so we really

just wanted to spread our wings a bit,” says Matt.

So it was they found the 730sqm property that fit

the bill, in Rolleston’s Faringdon subdivision.

“For me, finding the site was the most important

thing. Making sure we could put the rooms where we

wanted them. That the outdoor area would get the

right sun at the right time of the day and that our

living areas would be filled with light,” says Matt.

His job as operations manager for GJ Gardner,

means he gets to scan every plan that goes through

his office for consent. This meant he had a good

understanding of what would best suit his family. So,

the plans were drawn up and ready to be submitted,

however he decided to have one last look at it.

“There was a house in Lincoln that we really liked,

that I knew we could put on this site. I made this

second concept even though I was 100% happy with

that first one. This was better. It was a good lesson for

me that even though you’re happy with something

keep exploring.”


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the children's favourite colours

personalise their rooms.

What Celia and Matt have now is a beautiful four-bedroom

property which boasts a spacious open-plan kitchen and living area

with a separate lounge. Doors between the two spaces mean the

whole area can be opened up for entertaining or closed off when

wanting to separate groups. The sitting area of the living room is

only steps away from the outdoors. Here, the gabled roofline of

this living space has been extended into the roofline of the outdoor

area so that there is a beautiful place to sit back and relax under the

shelter when the searing Canterbury sun arrives.

Celia put full trust in Matt both in the house design and the

decoration. In fact she really only had a few requests – a larger

walk-in wardrobe and a walk-in pantry to conceal the everyday

workings in the kitchen, “I just wanted to be able to shut the doors

and hide it away if people came to visit”.

A monochromatic design styles both inside and outside the

house. Outside white brickwork is highlight with black window

joinery and a black front door. The black wall in the master bedroom

is contrasted with bright colours in the soft furnishings. Black taps

adorn the bathrooms and kitchen and the black penny tile used

for the kitchen splashback creates a stunning backdrop. Beside

the bed hang two Edison bulbs on long black cords to serve as

bedside lighting. Greys and the oak-like flooring, as well as pattern

introduced in upholstery and accessories, soften the look. Because

their previous house was styled in a similar fashion, it meant when

they were situated in the new house, the look was seamless.

There are two spaces however where colour does strike you – in

the children’s bedrooms where

their toys and accessories create

colourful interest. What will

happen as they grow out of these

things is the neutral backdrop

will mean a change of bed cover,

curtains or cushions can transform

the room without adding too

much cost.

Matt describes the couple’s

design style as soft industrial.

“I hate symmetry and I hate

everything being matchy, matchy,” he says. You can see this in

the quirky objects, including the black and white salt and pepper

grinders, the elephant in the bathroom and the textiles and different

patterns used in the lounge.

There is still more to add, the landscaping will come after the

winter and a spa pool will eventually go in. With more wall space,

there is a pressing need for more art to adorn the blank spaces. “It’s

a work in progress still.”

What they have already taken advantage of is the extra space.

The house-warming party was a success with room for 60 friends

and family and the highly competitive Nerf battles, which have

already been held on the new larger back lawn, are testament to the

fact the extra space this family now has is already worth its weight

in gold.

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mAtt & CElIA'S tIPS

• Find a site that gives you what you want

– sun or view or shelter.

• Stop for a minute before you settle for

something. You might just get a more

incredible home design if you take a little

time to contemplate.

• Prioritise what is most important to you.

You may get to the end of the build and

run out of budget so ensure you know

what is most important to you and what

you can do at a later time.

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Above: monochromatic styling

in the lounge is developed

further with pattern and texture.

top right: Black was used

as a backdrop in the master

bedroom to create depth.

SItE BoArD

Builder:

GJ Gardner

Land size:

733sqm

Home size:

230sqm

Consent/build time:

october to march

Favourite feature:

the larger back lawn – great for

entertaining and Nerf fights.

Hardest decision:

Prioritising what we could do now with

the budget we had, versus what we

could save to do later.

Wish they had:

more money for the outdoor lighting and

a spa pool (but they will come later).


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Trends

with staying power

Cavalier Bremworth’s Samurai 100%

wool chunky loop pile in the colour

Pyua sets the foundation for the

tactile warmth this bedroom oozes.

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Above: Ruben

Sofa in Spiced

Honey Gold velvet.

Photo: Rume

Right: La Cafetiere

Set of 4

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Photo: Creative

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DARK TONES

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Smart

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Words Gaynor Stanley

Photos Charlie Rose Creative

Energy efficiency and healthconscious

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Walking in to the living room of this family

home in Richmond, the eye travels first to

a handsome grand piano in the far corner

adjacent to a wall of sliding doors to the garden.

Above: The original plan was for a raked ceiling in the living

room with a gabled window above the sliders to bring sun

even further in to the house for greater passive solar benefit,

but the design was pared back because of budget constraints.

Below: Jen and Ryan play with Emily. The grand piano behind

them was given to Jen on her 10th birthday and before that it

belonged to her father’s lecturer at Aberdeen University. “Both

my parents have passed away since and I don’t think I could

ever part with it, even though it’s on its last legs,” she says.

Echoing the piano’s golden lustre across this deceptively large living room

are a gleaming copper splashback and trio of lampshades above the island

bench. There’s an oversize L-shaped couch and dining table in between

and still plenty of open polished concrete floor.

These generous, obstacle-free proportions were a priority in the floor

plan devised by owner Jen Bensley, who has an eye condition with no

peripheral vision that will only get worse. “I designed the house for

minimal bruising with clean lines and where nothing sticks out,” says Jen,

who lives in plenty of space with husband Ryan, son Harry, 4, and his

four-month-old sister Emily, two dogs and two cats.

Another priority, in their upgrade from a 1950s brick house, was a

home that was healthy and energy efficient. “We wanted to build smart,”

says Jen. The couple contracted Whitehouse Builders for their experience

in Passive House standards. These focus on five principles of maximum

energy efficiency: thermal insulation, windows, air tightness, adequate

ventilation and thermal bridging.

Essentially, this is a home to harness the free heat from the sun and

stop it escaping. Large, argon-gas and UV coated windows bring in

the sun to warm the concrete floor throughout the entire house. The

windows are plastic framed to avoid condensation and prevent the cold

air pull-through of aluminium. The eaved home faces north for optimal

sun exposure, is constructed of plastered Hebel panels for their excellent

thermal properties, is wrapped both externally and internally of the

framing and every cavity is insulated to a high R-value. The foundation

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Left: Left: The The house sits sits well well back on on

the the 1000sqm section because the the

land land at at the the front was was too too soft soft to to

build on. on. Richmond's large sections

represent great value for for money.

Below: While the the house was was being

built, Jen, Jen, Ryan and and Harry, along

with with their two two dogs and and two two

cats, lived onsite in in a a converted

shipping container, complete with with

temporary power and and plumbing.

Even the the lighting is is part part of of the the holistic approach of of insulating as as

well well as as possible. Even though downlights are are all all LED now, they’re

not not ideal, says says Jen, Jen, because of of the the gap gap in in the the insulation that that must

be be left left over over most of of them. “Our builder, Robert, was was not not a fan a fan of of

downlights and and neither were we. we. We We agreed uplighting would be be

the the way way to to go go to to minimise breaking through the the ceiling cavity and and

avoid the the glare shining directly down on on you.” Just Just a a small hole hole for for

a wire a wire is is cut cut for for each light instead. “And every single hole hole is is fully

taped,” adds Ryan.

The The other big big energy efficient component is is the the underfloor

heating, which pipes hot hot water to to every room of of the the house,

powered by by a a beefy outside air air conditioning unit unit feeding to to the the hot hot

water cylinder which augments the the underfloor heating system.

“The house is is always warm and and every room is is the the same

temperature. When we we first first moved in in we’d we’d brace ourselves to to go go

in in the the spare room but but then go go ‘oh ‘oh it’s it’s the the same temperature as as

everywhere else’,” recalls Jen. Jen.

The The constant comfort level they they enjoy generates winter power

bills bills of of a a maximum $250 for for the the 223sqm house. Such is is the the home’s

thermal efficiency the the bills bills would undoubtedly be be less less but but for for a a

time-poor working mum and and dad’s reliance on on thirsty electrical

appliances like like the the tumble dryer.

In In their previous home, the the couple had had installed a heat a heat transfer

system to to distribute heat heat from a a massive wood fire. fire. “We didn’t want

a a wood fire fire again because of of the the dust dust and and dirt. dirt. I I wanted to to keep

this this house as as clean and and minimal as as possible – – especially as as Harry

and and Ryan both get get excema,” says says Jen. Jen. Its Its low low allergen factor was was

another reason for for the the choice of of concrete flooring. To To avoid a dust a dust

trap trap atop kitchen wall wall cabinets the the Whitehouse designer angled the the

bulkhead to to

minimise their

depth yet yet still still

allow for for recessed

lighting accentuating

the the kitchen’s sleek, handleless

cabinetry.

The The island bench houses a a black double granite sink sink and and drainer

from Heritage fitted with a a a pullout Parisi mixer and and Schwan

Instant Hot Hot Water Tap. “That was was a a must have. Non negotiable.

Ryan is is one one of of seven so so when we we have family gatherings there are are a a

lot lot of of cups of of tea tea to to make!”

On On the the opposite bench a a 90cm Blanco induction hob hob is is placed

beneath a a wide low low window overlooking the the vege garden. “We’re

finding induction great to to use use and and so so much easier to to keep clean,”

says says Jen. Jen.

The The kitchen window is is off off centre by by accident. The The Bensley’s

kitchen designer had had wrongly assumed the the window size size was was

smaller than ordered – – fortunately the the error was was caught in in time to to

rejig the the cabinetry and and move the the pantry to to the the scullery to to avoid it it

otherwise overlapping the the window.

The The striking copper splashback framing the the window is is what

draws the the eye eye anyway, adding metallic glam to to the the sleek-lined

white kitchen. “We wanted something a bit a bit different to to glass or or

bright red red and and didn’t want tiles tiles with dirt-attracting grout and and came

up up with the the copper,” says says Jen. Jen.

The The kitchen clock, paintings and and a a tripod lamp pick pick up up on on the the

copper theme too, too, reinforcing the the feel-good warmth of of what is is a a

carefully planned and and stylishly executed family home.


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Above: A tripod lamp from Global Living and Ono Italian

Leather Chaise from Simply Furniture tempt in a living

room corner.

Top right: A reading corner in Harry’s light-filled bedroom.

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Above: Copper accents

pop up throughout.

Top right:Jasper and

Ember like to frolic at

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Builder:

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Land size:

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Home size:

223sqm

Consent/build time:

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Favourite feature:

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Hardest decision:

Where to stop. It always comes down

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Wish they had:

Ryan: 4 car garage.

Jen: Gas hot water on an overflow

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Internet of Things is predicted to

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IntellIGent toIletS

We’re moving on from singing in the shower, folks, to

talking to the toilet. Kohler launched its most advanced

loo ever in January with Numi 2.0. It comes with builtin

digital assistant Amazon Alexa for easy voice control

of features like the seat warmer, colour changeable night

lights or wireless music syncing to powerful speakers. You

can command Alexa to check the weather, traffic, or news

and multi-task as you get your day moving or catch up

on what’s happened in your absence. And Numi is totally

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Direct the mirror to play your favourite tunes while you

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Words Gaynor Stanley

Photos Charlie Rose Creative & Chaplin Crooks Architects


New windows introducing considerably

more light and restoring period elegance

– as in the case of the upstairs corner

windows – are one of the owners’

favourite aspects of the renovation.

bEforE

A sense of anticipation builds as

you ascend the stone stairs through

woodland gardens to the front door of

this attractive 94-year-old home reaching

high into the sky.

Halfway up I’ve reached the top of the basement level and take a

breather to admire the bay windows that distinguish each level of

the two-storey weatherboard.

Arriving at the glass panelled front door, framed by full length

windows either side, I can see an inviting carpeted entrance hall

where a vibrant contemporary painting hangs above an antique

sideboard and a wooden staircase rises to the left.

There’s a story about that front door, Robyn says on greeting me.

This wall of glass now floods the hallway and stairwell with light –

a world removed from the heavy mahogany door that cloaked the

entrance in gloom before renovations two years ago.

Thoughtful redesign of both window and door openings is a

feature of this betterment and renovation project carried out in

2017 by Build Right Homes for Chaplin Crooks Architects. Other

inappropriate internal mahogany doors, introduced since the home’s

original construction in 1925, were also replaced.

In the two upstairs corner bedrooms an awkward duo of

windows in each, installed by a previous owner to enclose verandahs

under the sloping eaves, were replaced with a more elegant single

solution. In the old ‘box room’, a water tank was removed and new

window installed to turn this small room into a more functional

study.

“We’re really happy with the new windows, they suit the house

so much better,” says Robyn, who has lived in the home for 21 years

with her husband Chris.

Robyn and Chris have actually renovated twice over. In 2009

they commissioned Chaplin Crooks to change the ground floor

layout of “three little rooms” into a more practical open floor plan,

moving the dining room from the centre to front of the house –

pushing out a window alcove to gain more floor space, the kitchen

into the centre – adding a walk-in pantry, and opening the family

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“We had pretty much just finished when the earthquakes hit,”

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along with every other ceiling and wall and various windows

throughout the five bedroom home.

Among significant structural damage was the chimney, that rose

through three levels, having to be demolished, impacting the formal

lounge and master bedroom. And rectification took eight long years

and nine months out of the house while Build Right returned to

carry out the repairs and renovations.

The void created by the chimney’s removal has now been

cleverly disguised with an additional built-in wardrobe in the

master bedroom and new gas fireplace taking pride of place in the

lounge below.

The alluring lounge typifies how Karen Smith of Casa Bella

Interiors worked closely with the owners to deliver an understated

yet sophisticated décor that lets the views take the limelight.

Robyn’s favourite palette of neutral colours enriched by earthy and

purple tones is evident throughout in both soft furnishings and the

choice of Resene paint colours, carefully selected lighting – all from

Accent, and bespoke contemporary furniture.

The team has revived a lovely example of Christchurch heritage

in a way that’s warm and welcoming. And Robyn and Chris

couldn’t be happier with how their architect, interior design and

builder worked together to deliver triumph from tragedy.

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Robyn and Chris far prefer their new fireplace

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feature bay window framing lovely city views.

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reno area:

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Robyn: New front door and windows.

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Designs for kitchen

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Photo: Kitchen Studio


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A retro style sideboard with custom-made legs

typical of the home’s era gives the extended space

beyond the ergonomic kitchen area a focal point.

The white and woodgrain materials are used in

reverse proportion for a coherent yet distinctly

different zone.

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THE bRiEF

Built in the late 1970s, this home features rimu windows and

dark beamed cathedral ceilings and stunning water views. The

kitchen area is long, making it appear narrow and the owners

wanted to distract from that feeling with an uncluttered

modern design that alluded to the home’s retro character yet

didn’t compete with the views. There is a small return wall

concluding the space on one side, but the main wall extends

significantly further than the natural kitchen space and had

to be included in the design without the kitchen looking

‘stretched’. Mood lighting, accessible corners and a place to

display a precious pottery collection were also specified.

THE SoluTionS

• White underbench cabinetry (Bestwood Select Arctic White

– Velvet Finish) helps to make the long space appear wider.

Handles are Elite Kara Slim – Brushed Nickel.

• The woodgrain wall cabinets (Bestwood Select Plus

Sovereign Oak) exclude handles for simplicity and clean lines.

• Open shelving highlights the beautiful pottery.

• A recessed LED strip under the wall cabinets creates mood

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Though it meant

reconsenting

and additional

expense, the

Krishnamurtis say

one of their best

decisions was

upgrading from

Shadowclad to

long run standing

seam iron.

For decades people stayed clear of

Christchurch’s ‘Hospital Hill’, home

primarily to the 10,000 tubercolis

patients treated at one of three

Cashmere Sanitorium hospitals.

There were just two houses, located on a rare flat part of the

hill, one belonging to the hospitals’ Superintendent on Major

Aitken Drive behind a landmark giant hedge. In the 1990s the

hill was reimagined as the Broad Oaks subdivision and soon

attracted high end housing development. And in December

2016, Susanna and Sridhar Krishnamurti found themselves

unexpectedly acquiring a slice of the parcel of land and

panoramic view the San’s Superintendent once enjoyed.

The couple had wanted to live on the hill for a long time.

“We had had enough of being cold in our old weatherboard

home on the flat and really wanted a hill view,” recalls Sridhar.

They’d looked at close to 100 hill properties without finding

a home that met their checklist. Along with great views, they

particularly wanted a floorplan that would enable them both to

work from home and receive clients.

Then one sleepness night Sridhar began browsing real estate

websites at 4am and there it was. He’d clicked on the view of

their dreams: an arresting panorama of autumnal Christchurch

as the sun rose over the snow-clad alps beyond. He was looking

at a listing for a sought-after flat section with easy drive on

access and all-day sun. The hedge was all that remained of

the Superintendent’s home. They would need to build new.

Undeterred, “we went into the auction with intent!” says Sridhar.

The couple then spent a year researching the perfect design

and materials for their “lifetime” home with the aim of building

‘green’. When an episode of Grand Designs profiled SIPs or

Structural Insulated Panels, Sridhar determined “I want our

house to be built out of those”.

SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) are an innovative

building product, replacing traditional timber

‘stick’ framing with stronger, thermally efficient

composite panels sandwiching an insulating layer

of foam. Suitable for walls, floors and roofs, SIPS

create an airtight building envelope that requires

less energy to heat and cool, allows for better

control over indoor environmental conditions,

and reduces construction waste. They facilitate a

constant temperature of 18-20°C which, combined

with a 4.8kW solar power system, gas cooking and

hot water, and a heat recovery ventilation system,

means the Krishnamurtis can expect minimal

power bills.


They consulted a Green Building

consultant who introduced them to

Formance SIPs, imported to New

Zealand from Canada, and Land Homes,

a company specialising in designing and

building high performance, architecturallydesigned

houses. It is a member of the

Superhome Movement advocating

healthier and more energy-efficient homes

for New Zealanders.

Susanna had found a home on Pinterest

that had the aesthetic they wanted – cube

shaped, recessed upper storey, lots of

large windows, flat roofs with solar

panels. She also “fell in love” with an

image of “magical” floating stairs and

wanted a true two-person spa bath

where she could sit with Sridhar and

enjoy a glass of wine and the view,

along with a treatment room for her

massage therapy business. An office

with a view to inspire his consulting work

was the big wish for Sridhar.

Land’s principal Sam Rogers wove all the

desired elements together in a practical floorplan, that positions

the office and treatment room (readily converted to bedrooms for

future owners) with guest bathroom in a wing directly accessed

off the entrance foyer. A short wall screens the kitchen and living

room from clients’ eyes, while the showpiece staircase treats them

to snatches of the view as its open treads rise to the couple’s private

sanctuary. The entire upper level is devoted to the master bedroom,

walk-in wardrobe and glamorous ensuite, positioning the spa

bath in prime position beneath a large window. Downstairs it’s

all about the view too with six metres of floor to ceiling windows

(thermally broken, Low E) across the living room, which opens to

Render of the finished home

a more intimate lounge, laundry and solar battery storage

and another big priority, the temperature-controlled wine

room.

“Neither of us drank wine for over 20 years,” says

Susanna, who’d abstained for healthy living reasons

and met Sridhar in India “where nobody drinks”.

They enjoyed their first glass in 2013, naturally having

carefully considered the health connotations. “We

decided it could be fun. And it is!” she laughs. Several

wine region research missions later, they have now acquired

an enviable wine collection and can’t wait for their home’s

imminent completion where they can retreat with a favourite drop

to their bathroom sanctuary and drink in that long-anticipated view.

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Sridhar: The expansive view that greets you in the living room.

Hardest decision:

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time and money but was worth it.

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scaffolding to maintain the cedar upper storey.

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cake

IcIng on the

Planned outdoor space contributes

hugely to the liveability and valuation

of our homes yet often we don’t give

landscaping the priority it merits.


GETTING STARTED

Time and again, new home builders tell us they exhaust

their budget before they get to landscaping. But when you

think about how much Kiwis value indoor-outdoor flow and

al fresco living, it would seem we should be prioritising our

landscaping up there with our investment in our kitchens or

our windows.

Mayfair Park Landscapes’ Vern Dartnall believes there

are many misconceptions around the understanding of what

your landscape will actually cost because of our DIY society.

It’s worth consulting a professional landscaper early in your

project to make sure you are well informed and get the benefit

of the best planned outcome for your lifestyle requirements.

Most landscape designers offer a free initial consultation.

They will come to your property and talk through your desires

and how you want to live in the space. They will assess how

the house is oriented to neighbouring structures and the sun,

where privacy is required, and discuss the aesthetic you’d like

and the colours, textures, contrasts and materials to achieve

that. “This dictates the layout and how the ‘rooms of the

outdoor space’ are developed,” says Vern.

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NEXT STEPS

Once you’ve decided on the

landscape designer who will

deliver the outdoor living of your

dreams, they will prepare a Scope

of Works and Fee Proposal. This will

outline the design objectives discussed and

fees for both a Concept Landscape Design and

a Planting Plan. The latter is usually optional but worth the extra investment for

professional advice on which plants will best suit your site’s environmental aspects.

The Planting Plan will be detailed to show location, species and quantities of trees,

shrubs, groundcovers and hedges.

Prepare to invest a few thousand dollars to get to the point where your site has

been measured and a comprehensive site plan is prepared and presented importing

your architectural plans into the proposed landscape design.

An effective Design Plan will come up with functional solutions and notate the

materials for hard landscaping elements like the driveway, paths, decking, paving

and edging as well as the fun features like a pizza oven or fireplace, hot tub or pool

and built-in seating around the fire pit. A comprehensive plan will also detail the

recommended planting and lawn areas, your soft landscaping features.

When you’ve signed off on the design, work proceeds to the construction phase

and your landscape architect will prepare quotes for the hard and soft landscaping

aspects. Some will both design and construct inhouse, others will outsource to

sub-contractors. Knowledgeable and keen gardeners can save money at this point

by doing their own planting but Vern cautions the proper installation of plants –

which could easily cost thousands of dollars – is critical.

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WHAT’S TRENDING IN

OUTDOOR LIVING?

Your landscape

architect will

handle any

Consent Applications

and oversee

construction.

Photo: Mayfair Park Landscaping

Gathering around the barbecue on the deck is always

going to be popular but full outdoor rooms for

relaxing and entertaining year-round have captured

our attention. Essentially, an outdoor room extends

your living area outside and works best adjacent to the

main lounge with a seamless flow between the two

and on to the garden. An outdoor room is established

all year round so it needs to be functional in all

seasons and offer adjustable protection from the sun,

wind or rain.

“We are currently experiencing an increased

demand for our ‘outdoor living sanctuary’ which is a

bespoke designed space that would typically include

a deck, louvre roof, outdoor fire and a water feature,”

says Vern. His company has recently developed a

flat-panel water feature that incorporates an outdoor

shower. You might also add lighting, infrared radiant

heaters, a full outdoor kitchen, a pizza oven or cookon

fire to your outdoor room.

Also prominent is the increased use of weathering

steel, most often the brand Cor-ten, in residential

landscaping. A corrosion-resistant oxide film on the

surface of the steel protects it while fostering the

development of a beautiful rusted patina as the steel

ages. Its attractive red, orange and russet tones are an

architectural favourite and increasingly available in

planters, fire pits, fireplaces, garden bed edging and

screens to add some rugged beauty to the backyard.

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Family is at the very heart of The Mighty

Staggz operation, the local Oxford, North

Canterbury business that specialises in

building unique fibreglass swimming pools.

It’s what drives husband-and-wife team Quentin and Nicky

Stagg who, alongside raising their own four boys, are

passionate about creating a product that can provide endless

hours – and years – of enjoyment for families like theirs.

Quentin, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years

and has vast experience working with fibreglass, decided that

in 2017 it was time to go out on his own and create a business

with a difference.

“Not only do we see it as a pool, we see our purpose of

producing and creating an environment where people can

gather, create long-lasting memories with their loved ones,

and spend hours unplugging and enjoying their pool. Our

business represents our family and our passion for building

and constructing custom-built fibreglass swimming pools, a

unique one-off design made especially for our clients.”

Specialising in everything from 25m school pools, to small

custom-built spas and lagoons, the couple is dedicated to

creating quality builds and making sure they fit with their

clients’ needs. Working with The Mighty Staggz also means

you deal directly with the business owner from start-to-finish,

eliminating the need for middle men. “With our unique building

method, we can construct anything you imagine, and we can

bring it to life,” Quentin says. "We pride ourselves on using

quality products to establish a stunning result and provide a

genuine down-to-earth service.”

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home & living | 73

Scrumptious Feijoa

and Coconut Cake

For lovers of feijoas, Allyson Gofton’s fresh

fruit cake is heavenly. Not keen on feijoas?

Allyson suggests substituting another tropical

fruit such as mango, pineapple or banana.

PreP time 20 mins

cook time 1 Hour

gLAcé icing

1½ cups icing sugar

1 teaspoon melted butter, optional

2–3 tablespoons warm water or milk

Grated rind and/or juice of a lime or lemon

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the

melted butter if using, the rind and then

beat in sufficient liquid to make a smooth,

spreadable icing.

Makes ¾ cup. Keep in an airtight container

in a cool corner of the kitchen. If not using

within a day or two, refrigerate until required.

Allow to come back up to room temperature

before using.

recipe extracted

from the Baker’s

companion, by

Allyson gofton,

published by

Penguin nZ, rrP$55.

Photography by

Lottie Hedley.

ingredients

150 grams butter, softened

1½ cups caster sugar

4 eggs, at room temperature, separated

2 cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups desiccated coconut

(or 180–200 grams shredded)

1 cup peeled and well-chopped fresh or bottled feijoas

1 cup milk or coconut milk

directions

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan bake). Set the rack in the centre

of the oven. Grease and line the base and sides of a 22–24cm round

cake tin.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add in the

egg yolks, beating well until thick and creamy.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and, using a metal spoon,

fold into the creamed mixture with the coconut, feijoas and milk or

coconut milk.

In a very clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks

and, using the metal spoon, fold into the cake mixture. Turn into the

prepared cake tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into

the centre comes out clean. Stand in the tin for 10 minutes before

turning out onto a cake rack to cool completely.

To serve dust with icing sugar or cover with lime or lemon glacé icing

and decorate with grated rind of ½ lime or lemon.

VAriAtions

Spice up the cake with a little freshly grated ginger or a teaspoon of

ground ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves or cardamom, or add the grated

rind of a lime or lemon.


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Taste

CORNER

Follow the foodies to Taste Corner at the Home &

Living Show for delicious flavours from these specialist

food and beverage producers and importers.

ATAAHUA WINE

Ataahua means beautiful, picturesque,

a place of beauty. It’s a name so

appropriate to North Canterbury’s

Waipara Valley, this vineyard and its

wines alike. At Ataahua, the philosophy

is to translate and express the beauty of

the vineyard into wines that people can

relate to and absolutely enjoy. Handtended

vines and carefully handcrafted

wines have produced a range of unique

and delicious Waipara styles.

ataahuawine.co.nz

SPICECRAFT

SpiceCraft is bringing its

amazing range of seasonings to

the Home & Living Show. The

range includes BBQ rubs and

smoked and naturally flavoured

salts that all full flavoured and

versatile, with a strong New

Zealand influence. All their

products are gluten free, nut

free, vegan and have a depth

and complexity that will enhance

any meal. Head on down to

Taste Corner to have a try or

grab a spice pack to take home.

spicecraft.co.nz

FUDGE COTTAGE

For decades, The Fudge

Cottage at Christchurch’s

historic Arts Centre has been

handcrafting the finest artisan

fudge from a traditional family

recipe. Fresh New Zealand

milk and cream are combined

with carefully selected

natural ingredients to create

confections that bring a

smile to the lips of young and

old alike. With a wide range

of products, flavours, and

delightful giftware, you’ll find

something for everyone at The

Fudge Cottage.

fudgecottage.co.nz


home & living | 75

EDEN ORCHARDS

Did you know that cherries have powerful

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,

as well as melatonin that is beneficial to healthy

sleep? Customers keep coming back for Eden

Orchard’s 100% Pure Cherry Juice to relieve

everything from gout and osteoarthritis to

insomnia. One 750ml bottle has the goodness of

two kilos of cherries crammed in. The Blenheimbased

company also makes a Sparkling Cherry

Drink. Both products have no added sugars,

preservatives or added flavours. The perfect

substitute for a glass of wine to finish the day!

edenorchards.co.nz

AORAKI LIQUORICE

Liquorice lovers will be licking their lips at

Aoraki’s extensive range of tempting sweet

treats, all made in New Zealand. Naturally they

have everyone’s faves like Liquorice Allsorts,

Irish Moss, and Raspberry and Liquorice Bites.

More of a fudge fan? The Chocolate, Russian

and Irish Cream combination pottles are very

popular. The clear pottles are fully recyclable

and Aoraki also caters to gluten free and

workplace customers.

aorakiliquorice.co.nz

CANNONHILL GOURMET

Cannonhill Gourmet is a premium boutique

food producer based in Christchurch. Its ethos

is quite simple: great quality fresh ingredients

and delivering the best tasting mayo’s, hummus,

relish and dips. Their delicious range is made in

small batches and distributed throughout New

Zealand. Cannonhill prides itself in keeping its

products true to their origins, creating simple

but delicious flavours that are a fabulous

addition in any food setting. Get stuck in!

cannonhillgourmet.co.nz

BRANDHOUSE

Check out the top shelf products from Brandhouse, a

New Zealand based international beverage company

importing high end spirits and wines from around

the world. Brandhouse also owns Renaissance

Brewery, is a shareholder in McArthur Ridge Vineyard

and distribution partner to Caythorpe Family

Estate. Actively managing and distributing brands

throughout the world with a real focus on Asia/

Pacific, these include Beau Joie Champagne, Lindsay

Wine Estate Barossa, Medoff Vodka, Royal Dragon

Vodka, Croizet Cognac and Burmester Port.

brandhouse.co.nz


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home & living | 77

Ever more

EVs

Words Ross Kiddie

Longevity concerns? Mitsubishi

incorporates an eight-year/160,000km

drive battery warranty and a fiveyear/100,000km

mechanical warranty.

You know something is changing

with the way we view vehicles when

you hear the next James Bond movie

has agent 007 eluding his foes

driving an electric motor-powered

Aston Martin.

In New Zealand, electric vehicles are also very much the

talking point. Three years ago, the Government announced

an electric vehicle programme. It includes measures to

increase the number of EVs and infrastructure in New

Zealand, and it has a goal of reaching 64,000 EVs on our

roads by the end of 2021.

With the cost of fossil fuel slowly ramping up, now is

the time to consider alternatives. There will be a plethora

of new electric and hybrids landing as battery technology

aligns with the resources needed to boost production

globally. Already New Zealand buyers can choose from

a multitude of electric or hybrid models – from the preowned

Nissan Leaf to a brand new sport performance

Tesla. These, along with the three models reviewed here,

are just the tip of the iceberg and as economies of scale

kick-in, prices are becoming much more affordable.

Mitsubishi Outlander PheV

Like most modern hybrids, the PHEV has a fast charge

connection and AC charging socket that offers both the

ability to charge overnight (6.5 hours from empty), along with

fast charging from the nationwide roadside network.

Its hybrid system is true hybrid. Under the bonnet sits

a four-cylinder, 2-litre engine rated at 88kW. It’s there to

charge the batteries when they run low, as well as providing

drive if there is no charge available. These functions are

available to the driver at will, there are console-mounted

buttons to either save battery charge or charge batteries

through forced introduction of the petrol engine.

The PHEV is capable of returning some amazing fuel

usage statistics through varying drive modes –1.7-litres per

100km (166mpg) can’t be ruled out for your daily commute,

given the right circumstances. Electric propulsion is the

priority but if you drive on petrol power the Outlander

PHEV is good for almost 600km on a full tank.

An overnight charge will cost around $3, depending on

your service provider, and it is good for a 54km journey. On a

fast charge station expect a 20-minute time frame to charge

from zero to 80 per cent.

There’s been a common misconception that you need to

drive hybrids long distances to recapture the cost of purchase.

That’s now not the case with the Outlander PHEV. It comes

from a seriously good price of $50,990 (XLS), and it would

most definitely be my choice.


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hyundai KOna eV

The Kona EV liftback is a fully electric

vehicle. Its controls and layout of the console

and dash area are quite different to that in

a standard car. Notably, there are four push

buttons for the direct drive transmission –

drive, reverse, park and neutral. There are also

paddle shifters; well, they don’t really shift

gears, they simply add or reduce drag on

the electric motor to promote the feeling of

gearing.

There are also several drive modes to

increase or lower a sporty feel. Full power

is available instantly, and with 395Nm of

torque on tap, the Kona EV feels feisty.

There’s also 150kW of power available

which, if you stack up against a petrol engine,

is biased towards sporty.

But there’s no trade-off in terms of

range; the Kona EV has a claimed travelling

distance of up to 480km between charges,

thanks to the number of latest generation

Lithium-ion Polymer technology batteries

and 64kWh of storage.

The only downside of such capacity is

the charge time; to fully charge from empty

takes around nine hours, or 43 hours from a

three-pin plug wall socket. Most drivers don’t

let the batteries go that low, and with the

number of charging stations being installed

nationwide, that needn’t be an issue.

Part of Hyundai’s comprehensive electric car range,

the Kona utilises the Ioniq’s electric componentry.

Kia nirO hybrid

The Korean-sourced Niro is a mid-sized SUV with price, practicality and economy

on its side. It lands here as a low and high grade hybrid – EX ($39,990 and Limited

($43,990) – along with a plug-in totally electric model ($55,990), the same system

as utilised by Hyundai in the Kona (below).

The hybrid system utilises a conventional four-cylinder, 1.6-litre petrol engine

and a Toyota Prius-type electric motor operating system which drives through a

direct shift automatic transmission.

Kia’s hybrid system is rated at 77kW and 170Nm with extra power (32kW)

available from electric energy stored in the batteries and distributed alongside petrol

power. The petrol engine is utilised for drive to the front wheels and generating

power for the batteries which, in turn, is then transmitted to the electric motor to

provide additional drive.

When I picked up the evaluation vehicle it was showing an almost 900km to

empty reading, which suggests it is going to go long distances between fill-ups. It

was reading a 5.5l/100km (50mpg) average when I took it back to the dealership,

that sits well with Kia’s combined cycle claim of 4.4l/100km (64mpg).

Niro feels immediately comfortable and energetic and, when

you need mid-range power, the flow of electric current provides

a solid feeling of acceleration.


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